How to clean suede shoes

A person uses a suede eraser to clean their suede boots.

  • First, gather your cleaning supplies.
  • Clean water stains with water.
  • For dirt, scuffs, and shine ? work up the nap.
  • You have to let mud dry.
  • To clean suede shoes with marks, spots, and some stains, use a suede eraser.
  • Cleaning grease, oil, ink, food, blood (bigger problems?) and other stains isn't always possible.
  • Protect your suede shoes.

It can’t be helped. With suede on your feet, you just get cocky. Even the most insecure, timid individuals develop a hitch in their stride and a beat-you-at-ping-pong grin. I think the cause of this rise in arrogance is twofold. First of all, suede is as soft as a down comforter in zero gravity – the smoothness rubs off through osmosis. Secondly, it is very hard to clean suede shoes; it is the most vulnerable of all footwear. Thus, wearing clean suede shoes is a ballsy act, or indicative of solid brass ovaries, akin to stuffing your cargo pants with sardines and swimming with great whites…or slathering yourself with lard and doing the truffle shuffle in front of Kodiak bears, pausing only to open-hand slap their young. You see, wearing suede shoes is an act of courageous denial.

So what makes suede shoes so vulnerable? Well, suede, like leather, is made from the hides of certain hoofed animals. But the part of the hide used and finishing techniques make suede much softer and more flexible, as well as porous and parched for all kinds of filth. Even walking through a puddle or sloshy snow presents problems for suede shoes. To complicate things further, not all suede is suede. Synthetic suede may actually be easier to clean, which brings me to a salient point: IF YOU HAVE THEM, READ ANY MANUFACTUERS DIRECTIONS BEFORE CLEANING SUEDE SHOES. Ok, ok, don’t worry. You can keep that swagger and silly grin. I will show you how to clean suede using tested, conservative techniques.

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Cleaning suede: household tips

Suede can easily lose its softness, its uniformity and especially its fluffy feel when it is badly maintained. Admittedly, it is a material which stains very quickly, but a few simple and natural precautions are sufficient to preserve suede in good condition.

Rubber or crepe brush?

Whether it’s a pair of shoes, boots, a bag or a jacket, you can clean suede with a crepe brush or a rubber to dust off most of the dirt. This also keeps the suede velvety.

White vinegar

Are your suede shoes and accessories rather dirty? You can use white vinegar to remove fatty stains and white marks. To do this, dip a toothbrush into white vinegar mixed with warm water (add a drop of washing up liquid), then gently brush. Rinse gently with a well wrung out sponge: simply wet the surface. Then, wipe the treated part with a clean cloth before leaving to dry in a shady place in the open air.

How to clean Suede

Daily care routine for suede

Suede is very soft and, just like any other material, it wears out over time. In order to keep its softness and to prevent it deteriorating rapidly, suede should be cared for on a regular basis:

  • Brush the suede to remove encrusted dirt
  • You can then waterproof it with a renovating product which nourishes the suede and give it back its color.

For a professional-quality wash, use one of our laundromats: Speed Queen machines are built using the same materials as the professional washing machines you find in industrial laundries and luxury hotels.

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